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The Big Bus (1976)

The ultimate disaster movie parody. A nuclear powered bus is going non-stop from New York City, New York to Denver, Colorado, and is plagued by disasters due to the machinations of a ... See full summary »

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James Frawley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Bologna ... Dan Torrance
Stockard Channing ... Kitty Baxter
John Beck ... Shoulders
Rene Auberjonois ... Father Kudos
Ned Beatty ... Shorty Scotty
Bob Dishy ... Dr. Kurtz
José Ferrer ... Ironman (as Jose Ferrer)
Ruth Gordon ... Old Lady
Harold Gould ... Professor Baxter
Larry Hagman ... Parking Lot Doctor
Sally Kellerman ... Sybil Crane
Richard Mulligan ... Claude Crane
Lynn Redgrave ... Camille Levy
Richard B. Shull ... Emery Bush
Stuart Margolin ... Alex
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The ultimate disaster movie parody. A nuclear powered bus is going non-stop from New York City, New York to Denver, Colorado, and is plagued by disasters due to the machinations of a mysterious group allied with the oil lobby. When the driver is injured, a washed up, down on his luck, but used to be great type, who as it happens, used to be engaged to the inventor's daughter is brought in to drive the giant bus which includes a one lane swimming pool and a one lane bowling alley. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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AT LAST - THE FIRST DISASTER MOVIE WHERE EVERYBODY DIES (laughing) See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

For the big arrival of the big bus, a bus station in downtown Los Angeles had to have its roof raised, so the gigantic coach could enter the facility. See more »

Goofs

The model year of the Chevrolet pickup truck is 1954. The character Dan Torrance identified it as a "'53 Chevy pickup". See more »

Quotes

Voice in barfight: Look out! He's got a broken milk carton!
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Crazy Credits

Paramount Pictures thanks Trailways for their help and technical assistance in making this impossible picture possible. See more »


Soundtracks

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Joseph Bologna and John Beck
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so incredibly stupid,...but I mean that in a GOOD way!
11 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a stupid film. I admit it. The acting is very broad, the script is dopey as can be and every element of the film says "DUMB" but it all works because the film never takes itself seriously and makes no pretense. Yes, it is meant to be stupid! I mean, just think about the plot--an air or sea disaster movie that instead occurs on a bus! And, this is no ordinary bus, but seems about 25,000 square feet (minimum) inside--complete with a huge lounge, seating for a huge number of passengers and even a bowling alley!! Plus, you add other plot ideas like a co-driver named "Shoulders" because he keeps driving over the shoulders of the road, a bomb planted aboard and the bus is actually NUCLEAR-POWERED!!! This movie is pure escapist fun. If you want something deep or really enjoy the films or Fellini or Truffaut and hate anything else, then this movie is not for you. If you like pure dopiness and could use a laugh, then this film is exactly what you need.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Bus See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,540,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,540,307
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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